Knicks’ Jalen Brunson joins Oscar Robertson with latest dominant performance

PHILADELPHIA — Jalen Brunson capped off a historic series with a heroic effort.

The Knick guard had a dominant performance, scoring a game-high 41 points and dishing out 12 assists, leading New York to a come-from-behind victory over Philadelphia in Game 6 of the first round.

It happened two nights ago, just after the Knicks had come back from behind the lead after a debacle in Game 5 at The Garden.

Jalen Brunson, who scored 41 points, fired between the 76ers’ defenders as the Knicks won 118-115 in Game 6. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

“[It means] There’s a lot,” Branson said. “The locker room was quiet after the game, so we all knew we missed our chance. But we know next thing we did. [Game 6] We needed to get off to a good start. We didn’t get off to a good start in all series. Of course they fought back and took the lead, but the start definitely helped us and from there it was all up and down.

“I like the way we kept fighting. I think that’s what we’ve been talking about all year, we want you to keep fighting no matter the situation, we have to stick together. And I’m going to fight.”

The Knicks are off to a 33-11 start. And in what looked like a back-and-forth heavyweight fight, Brunson landed the hardest punch.

Every time Joel Embiid gave Philadelphia the lead, Brunson would take it back with a well-timed bucket or a big pass.

“We’re going to attack no matter what the situation is. We’re just going to play our style of basketball no matter who’s in front of us or what game we’re in,” Brunson said. “We’re going to grind. We’re going to respect our opponent. We know it’s always going to be a difficult situation no matter who you play in this league.

“So, going into this game, we knew it was going to be a tough game and we just found a way to win, and we found a way to lose. It’s about continuing to learn every time we step on the court. So it doesn’t really matter the situation or the team. We understand that every situation is different and we need to approach it with the same mindset.”

Brunson had three games in this series with at least 35 points and 10 assists, becoming the second player to do so in a postseason series.

NBA legend Oscar Robertson
NBA legend Oscar Robertson Getty Images

The other was Oscar Robertson 51 years ago.

But his heart was already set on Indiana.

“That’s a really cool name to be a part of. But I’m already focused on the next round. There’s still a long way to go,” Brunson said on TV. “We’re going to keep fighting. That’s been our thing all year. No matter what happens, we want you to come out the next day and we’re going to keep fighting.”